All posts tagged: emojis

Emojis and Sociolinguistics

I wasn’t quite sure what to title this post, as with most others. I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about emojis over the last few days. I know that seems a bit silly, but I tend to notice differences in writing and speaking. Over analyzing is what I do. In addition, if I have learned one thing from the masters courses in sociolinguistics, it’s that the language we choose is paramount to who we are. Whether conscious or not, we decide how we want people to perceive us. And that’s what got me started on emojis. Emojis are funny entities. In one hand, they are old. I’m not sure they were called emojis back in the days of MSN, Yahoo, or ICQ, but they certainly existed on those systems. I even remember creating my own symbols when what I wanted wasn’t in existence. I used MS Paint to change the red rose to a white rose. Nevertheless, I think that the usage of emojis has evolved to a point of almost ubiquitous …